Here’s another fountain of useful information from Mitzi Thaler about medical facts you may not know.

Good things to know, from the Mayo Clinic

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night?

Heart attack and water – Drink one glass of water before going to bed to avoid a stroke or heart attack. I never knew this.

Why do people urinate so much at night? Answer from a cardiac doctor:

“Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs, etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier.”

You need to drink water to flush the toxins out of your body, but here’s some news about the correct time to drink water:

• Two glasses of water after waking up—helps activate internal organs
• One glass of water 30 minutes before a meal—helps digestion
• One glass of water before taking a bath—helps lower blood pressure
• One glass of water before going to bed—avoids stroke or heart attack

Water at bedtime will also help prevent nighttime leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin

Dr. Virend Somers is a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, general between 6am and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life,” therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something we can do to help ourselves—nice to know

Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep aspirin by your bedside? It’s about heart attacks.

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards, call 000, phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say “heart attack” and say that you have taken two aspirins. Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door and wait for their arrival and DO NOT LIE DOWN.

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